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Rome nightlife

Rome has a number of distinct nightlife zones, each with its own particular feel. For high-density clubs offering anything from salsa to live jazz to international DJs, head for well-established Testaccio or newly buzzing Ostiense. A more laid-back smart set occupy the trendy bars of the alleys in the "triangolo della pace" area just west of Piazza Navona. Visitors with little grasp of Italian take comfort in one another's company in Trastevere. Alternative types bang bongos in Campo de' Fiori. And romantics? They lean on the railings around the Roman Forum, gazing, rapt, at the spectacular illuminations, or climb the Gianicolo hill for a breathtaking view right across the Eternal City.

Romans are endearingly un-ageist in their nightlife activities: Twenty- and thirtysomethings may be numerous in the discos listed here, but older (or younger) partiers won't feel out of place. Bars, too, host a heterogeneous crowd; the point here is not drinking—Romans, on the whole, aren't great imbibers—but long congenial evenings chatting with friends. Note than many clubs close down for the summer (mid-June to Sept.), so call ahead to check.

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Bar del Fico, Rome

At any time on a balmy evening you'll have your work cut out to beat the fashionistas competing for tables beneath the ancient fig tree that gives its name...more

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Bar della Pace, Rome

Dark wooden fittings and huge vases of flowers give the interior of this eternally trendy bar the feel of a welcoming private club, but the beautiful people who...more

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Fake, Rome

So '60s Space Age is this stunningly white club that you might not even notice that you're in a cavern dug into a heap of ancient amphora shards. But that's...more

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Freni e Frizioni, Rome

In a former mechanic's workshop on the river bank in Trastevere, "Brakes and Clutches" starts heating up soon after opening time (6 pm), when peckish locals...more

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Goa, Rome

When Leo and crew were in Rome to shoot Gangs of New York, they came to Goa postfilming to let off steam. The ethno-chic club in the down-at-heel-looking but...more

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La Maison, Rome

You may have some trouble getting past the obnoxious doormen, which only enhances the pleasure and surprise if you're successful. Because, despite being the...more

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La Vineria, Rome

Campo de' Fiori is one big drinking spot, but this wine bar was the first, and remains the best. While rowdy groups of visiting students pile into the other...more

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Micca Club, Rome

Micca Club is in an immense underground space in a residential district not far from the basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. The program is all-encompassing,...more

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Open Baladin, Rome

You're only here for the beer—but it's no ordinary brew. This designer beer bar (please don't call it a pub) just off Via Arenula offers up to 40...more

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Salotto 42, Rome

A growing Roman craze for book bars started here, in this elegant space right off Via del Corso. Select one of the glossy art books from the shelves and peruse...more

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